Winter Conferences for Producers/Markets

This is by no means exhaustive, but here’s a list of the upcoming workshops and conferences scheduled in the region:

MOSES (Midwest Organic and Sustainable Education Service) Organic Conference Lacrosse, WI Thurs.-Sat. February 25-27.  This is the “big momma” of organic and sustainable ag conferences–and not just in the region, but in the country.  There were over 2600 attendees last year (and I was finally among them).

The workshops are great and the food is outstanding.  The exhibitor hall is very cool, too–you can pick up all kinds of great samples and drool over the machinery.  Good for making regional contacts as well.  More info.

NPSAS  (Northern Plains Sustainable Agriculture Society) Winter Conference Watertown, SD Tues.-Thurs. February 9-11.  I started going to this conference several years ago, and it has really grown.  I’m heading back this year to check out the new exhibitors and workshops.  Very good for making local/regional contacts.  More info.

Great Plains Vegetable Growers Conference St. Joseph, MO Thurs.-Sat. January 7-9.  This one’s coming up quick and looks to have some good workshops on CSA and high tunnels.  It also is fairly low-cost.  You get a discount if you sign up before December 24, so hurry!  More info.

Farmers Market Workshop Rapid City, SD Friday, February 5th (no schedule as yet–contact Rhoda Burrows for more information: rhoda.burrows@sdstate.edu).

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